A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.
Position Summary (A brief summary of the purpose of the position, main function, and key deliverables):
The Staff Lawyer position serves as a subject area expert for planning, creating, and maintaining legal content, and practical resources to meet the needs of the Michigan legal community. This includes print books, online books, and resources and some on-demand video seminars. Must be able to work individually and in teams. Responsible for developing networks of legal experts as volunteer contributors. Must be able to conduct in-depth legal research and draft or edit accurate and practical legal resources. The ideal candidate will have:
Excellent writing skills, with a demonstrated ability to write clearly and concisely
Strong analytical and legal research skills with the ability to synthesize legal information
Ability to develop and work with networks of legal experts who serve as volunteer contributors
Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to meet deadlines
Employees in this classification typically analyze, compare, and evaluate various courses of action and have the authority to make independent decisions on matters of significance, free from immediate direction, within the scope of their responsibilities.
Primary activities and decision-making authority are predominantly performed independently, affecting business operations to a substantial degree
45% - Plan, develop, and implement new content and educational offerings:
Based on ICLE’s strategic plan, content plan, and quality standards, develops an extensive set of subject area legal resources or events. Includes creating, posting, and updating frequent short content pieces in ICLE’s online communities and other social media outlets as assigned
Conduct in-depth legal research and plan, draft, and/or edit accurate and practical legal resources or events, as assigned
Plan and oversee educational materials and events for lawyers and related professionals as assigned. This may include video modules, interactive activities, exercises, and scenarios for self-testing educational content. Develop educational objectives and guide contributors in using instructional design principles to develop the legal content and education.
Work collaboratively with other ICLE staff attorneys, contributors, and other ICLE staff to plan, develop, and execute interactive education and/or online content that matches customer needs.
30% - Serve as subject area specialist for the creation and development of legal education content and services:
Demonstrate expertise and ability to keep current on legal development and practice updates in assigned subject areas.
Cultivate and nurture relationships in assigned subject areas with an extensive network of lawyers, contributors, ICLE customers, online communities and networks, and State Bar Section leaders.
Regularly attend State Bar section and other professional meetings and share information from the meetings with other ICLE staff.
Actively participate in ICLE online communities and other social media groups relevant to assigned subject areas. Promote ICLE’s brand by drafting comments, raising questions, and recommending information as appropriate.
Conduct customer needs assessments in assigned subject areas, including gathering and analyzing feedback via surveys, social media networks, ICLE communities, focus groups, and customer interviews.
Propose new products, events and services to meet customer needs.
Actively participate in periodic team planning sessions and retreats to propose additions and improvements to ICLE’s content plan.
10% - Meet defined ICLE business goals and strategic plans:
Develop and maintain effective recruitment and working relationships with volunteer contributors as well as subject matter experts
Actively work toward the achievement of recruiting objectives and initiatives that meet ICLE’s goal of greater diversity across volunteer contributors and customers
Identify primary target audiences for content and develop effective marketing messages
Meet marketing, customer and contributor goals
Actively participate in monitoring and meeting revenue and expense goals for assigned projects, events and product lines
10% - Actively participate in ICLE teams and project groups:
Be an active and engaged participant in ICLE teams and project groups to achieve process improvements and implement initiatives within ICLE’s strategic plan
5% - Other duties as assigned
Juris Doctorate degree; graduated in top third of law school class
Membership in the Michigan State Bar Association (licensed to practice law)
2-5 years of law practice experience. Experience in Family Law or No Fault preferred.
Demonstrated ability to build positive working relationships with customers, contributors, and co-workers
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Excellent research and writing skills
Ability to organize legal material
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects
Ability to solve problems and propose solutions
Proficiency in use of spreadsheets and word processing software
Able to travel to seminar and meeting locations in Michigan. Some evening and weekend meetings
Able to successfully complete a work sample administered by ICLE
Demonstrated ability to apply best practices for instructional design to educational materials
Experience in legal clerkships and positions that emphasize writing skills is a plus.
Past teaching experience a plus
Project management or related experience preferred
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Internal Number: 200863
About University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
A great university is made so by its faculty and staff, and Michigan is recognized as one of the best universities to work for in the country. The Michigan culture is known for engaging faculty and staff in all facets of the university to create a workplace that is vibrant and stimulating.For two consecutive years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has placed U-M in its "Great Colleges to Work For" survey. In particular, the university earns high marks for strong relations between faculty and administrators, a collaborative system of governance, strong pay and benefits, and a healthy work/life balance.